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Denver Opens All-Academy Tournament Against The Citadel
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 09/07/2012

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The University of Denver volleyball team opens the first-ever All-Academy Tournament today against The Citadel at 12:30 p.m. MT from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The Pioneers will face Navy on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. MT, followed by Army at 11 a.m. MT.

Air Force is also participating, but will not face the Pioneers. This makes Denver the only non-military institution taking part in the tournament.


No live stats or live video will be available. Due to Pentagon regulations, no internet will be provided so live updates will not be available.


Denver will face Army and The Citadel for the first time in program history. The Pioneers hold a 1-0 advantage over Navy in the all-time series. Both teams last met on Sept. 17, 1999 during the Minnesota State Diet Coke Classic in which the Pioneers swept the Midshipmen 3-0.

The University of Denver volleyball team finished with a 1-2 mark in its second tournament of the season as it swept Syracuse, while falling to No. 21 Kanas State and Creighton at the Bluejay Invitational. The Pioneers averaged 10.70 kills per set, while also averaging 1.80 blocks per set. Denver started the weekend falling 3-0 (16-25, 15-25, 19-25) to No. 21 Kansas State. The Pioneers then opened the final day of tournament action with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-13) win over Syracuse, followed by a 3-1 (23-25, 10-25, 25-18, 15-25) loss to hosts Creighton. Junior Colleen King (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) led the Pioneers with 23 kills for the weekend, earning her All-Tournament Team honors, while senior Faimie Kingsley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished with 21 kills, a .370 hitting percentage and nine blocks.


The Citadel come into today's match with an 0-6 mark on the season. Citadel sophomore Ise d'Angelo continues to be the team's primary offensive source with 58 kills (2.64 kills/set), followed closely by senior Jessica Maxwell who has 35 kills (1.59 kills/set). Maxwell drove home 25 kills for the Dogs last weekend, along with 11 total blocks, to earn a spot on the all-tournament team at Radford University. Meanwhile, on the defensive side, Emily Dalton paces the Cadets with 68 digs (3.09 digs/set). Teammates Amanda Rudnik (43 digs) and Mikaela Tracy (42 digs) closely follow Dalton on a unit that is responsible for 271 total digs through the first six matches.


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